After attending post-secondary school for six years as a member of the Outstanding Rural Scholarship Program, Tonya Rogers Clifton has returned to Brady as the Heart of Texas Memorial Hospital’s newest physical therapist. A 1995 graduate of Brady High School, Clifton began volunteering at the local hospital during her junior and senior years. With her mind made up that physical therapy was the field she wanted to pursue, she enrolled in the scholarship program that is a partnership between the state of Texas and the local hospital. After applying to the scholarship program, Clifton was approved by both the local hospital board and also a state board before being accepted into the program. Designed to benefit both students and rural hospitals, the program pays for the applicant’s school tuition and in turn, the student returns to the home hospital upon graduation to fulfill a predetermined tenure of service. Married to Troy Clifton, also a 1995 BHS graduate, the couple now resides in Fredericksburg. He is a computer consultant for Cap Gemini/Ernst and Young and travels extensively throughout the nation. After graduation from high school, she attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock and participated in a six-year program from which she graduated with a masters degree in physical therapy. Now on staff full time at the Heart of Texas Memorial Hospital, Clifton will be assisting department head Rita Sutton with the daily patient load that frequents the PT department. Tonya is the daughter of Mike and Donna Rogers of Brady.